In today’s sermon, Pastor Dottie talks about the Methodist vow of “Presence.” The basic way of describing presence is “showing up.” When you show up for someone you show up because your body is present, but really showing up means being present in soul. She shares the example of Pastor Hal Cowart who showed up for people with his presence, his guidance, and his blessed words of wisdom and love. He showed up for many people in the spirit of loving and caring and sharing God’s word.
We, as followers of Jesus Christ and a community of believers we share our concerns, our faith stories, our highs and lows. We share classes and learn how to be better followers. We haven’t reached that “perfection” as talked about in today’s scripture, but that perfection is in the process. Perfection comes from trying to understanding each other, being present for each other. This transforms us into a church and community that is so wonderful people want to be part of it. Find ways to show up for each other. Some of us are doing a good job of this already, but the call is to see how we can show up more, or better.
Prelude: “Materna” by Charles Callahan
Postlude: “Dance Postlude on ‘Coronation'” by David Schelat
Scripture: Acts 2:42-47
42 The believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to the community, to their shared meals, and to their prayers. 43 A sense of awe came over everyone. God performed many wonders and signs through the apostles. 44 All the believers were united and shared everything. 45 They would sell pieces of property and possessions and distribute the proceeds to everyone who needed them. 46 Every day, they met together in the temple and ate in their homes. They shared food with gladness and simplicity. 47 They praised God and demonstrated God’s goodness to everyone. The Lord added daily to the community those who were being saved.